Ok, well I'm not sure if anyone at Piwik has publicly directed the comment towards the internet giant Google. The group behind the open source visitor tracking and analytic software however openly contends “piwik aims to be an open source alternative to Google Analytics.”
And what a job they've done! Though the software is still in a beta phase, its features are impressive, the interface is smooth, and the graphing is truly beautiful. The Piwik project is the offspring of another open-source, but less hip, visitor tracking system, phpMyVisites.
The features in Piwik are comparable to those found in Google Analytics. The biggest difference is critical however. You own the data, and the code is open-source. This means you can have it your way.
Maybe I'm alone in this, but I love the new ‘clean’ look many web applications are using. Piwik is no exception. Simplistic beauty. [caption id="attachment_95” align="aligncenter” width="300” caption="Admin dashboard in Piwik”][/caption] The dashboard view allows you to select any of the widgets from other pages to highlight whats critical to you. The widgets all do a great job of diplaying data, and most allow you to specify what type of output they should format the data. The various output methods include